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around the world. pope benedict is retiring. something a pope hasn't done for nearly 600 years. the 85-year-old cites age.and fatigue. it's not what the cardinals called together today had expected to hear from their pope. benedict the 16th - saying he's just not up to the job anymore and is stepping down feb. 28th. the pope's brother says benedict actually made the decision nearly a year ago. after trips to mexico and cuba. he's nearly 86 and seems increasingly frail. still - a pope retiring is almost unheard of -- this is the last man to do it -- gregory the 12th - in 1415. benedict became pope in 2005.succeeding john paul the second. he may be worn down in part by controversy. almost from the start - he's been criticized for being part of the church hierarchy more worried about its reputation than the sexual abuse of children. as a german bishop in the 80's - he directly helped shield a priest who had abused children. and in 2001 - as a cardinal put in charge of dealing with the growing controversy - he wrote a letter ordering u.s. bishops - under pain of excommunication - to never
election as pope. pope benedict hoped to retire then and spend more time writing. he is a highly regarded scholar in theology. the retirement age for bishops is 75 and he submitted his resignation three times. the only reason he stayed at his post is because of pope john paul ii. he said quote strength of mind and body are necessary. strength which in the past few months has deteriorated. that i've had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted me. the 85-year-old's last day of pope will be february 28th. and the last time a pope resigned was nearly 600 years ago in 1415 when pope gregory stepped down. pope benedict was born in 1927 as joseph in germany. he was forced into hitlers youth at age 14. he served in the army but desserted and eventually captured by the americans. his decision sets the stage for a new pope to be elected before the end of march. and coming up later this morning. we hope to get reaction from the that catholic community especially in the light of the fact that ash wednesday is coming up in two days. and of course it's the most spiritual
. that burst into flames. one one >> pope benedict the sixteenth led his final sunday prayer as pontiff this morning. tens of thousands came to st. peter's square to hear the pope's sermon, and to pray with him. on thursday, benedict becomes the first pope tobut he says he's not abandoning the church. instead, the 85-year-old will spend his days praying in a vatican city monastery. though he has cited age as the reason for his retirement, an italian newspaper suggests something more controversial: they say a network of gay priests at the vatican is being blackmaled by male prostitutes. >> a los angeles cardinal who will help elect the next pope is being questioned about pedophile priests during his time as the city's archbishop. church documents suggest cardinal roger mahony knew priests were sexually abusing children. but went out of his way to protect the priests from prosecution. mahony spent several hours in a deposition on saturday, answering questions about the sex abuse scandal. a petition effort is underway to keep mahony from being allowed to vote for the next pope. >> san fran
channel -- comcast 193. >> a french cardinal says, pope benedict's decision to resign. is a liberating act for future popes. the pontiff told a meeting of cardinals today -- he will be resigning at the end of this month. becoming the first pope to step down in some 600 years. he says he simply is not physically and mentally well enough. to do the job anymore. benedict is 85 years old. a successor will be chosen next month. >> a former member of navy seal team six. is breaking his silence about the may, 2011 raid that killed osama bin laden. chris lawrence is has more on this story. >> reporter: who shot osama bin laden, and how did he die? we thought we knew. from accounts of the real raid. >> "the united states has conducted an operation that killed osama bin laden." >> reporter: to the hollywood movie but an esquire magazine interview with a member of the seal team is raising new questions: about what happened on that third floor of bin laden's compound. esquire simply calls him "the shooter." and says he fired the shots that killed bin laden. >> "he was very unused to this idea of shoot
here. they asked us what is going on. nobody really got the news. when they told them pope benedict xvi was redesignisignry didn't know. actually, he can, but obviously, no pope has done that for 700 years. so no wonder people are aware of that. for now on that may change the course of the catholic church in the future as well as pope benedict xvi is setting an example. if you don't have the strength to carry on let someone younger and more strength to carry on the mission. >> it certainly is a monument ool announcement. claudio, thank you very much. >>> this morning we spoke with greg burke the senior communication adviser to the holy see in rome. we began by asking him how much of a surprise this was? >> it is a surprise. i people think had fair warning. it was a few years ago in a book called "light of the world," a long interview with a german journalist. the journalist asked the pope if he would resign. and he said something interesting. in the midst of a candle and all that stuff. he said now is not the time. it's not the time to run when you're in great risk and emergency period.
may have come prior to his election in 2005. pope benedict xvi hoped to retire and write books. he's he's a highly regarded scholar in theology. he submitted his resignation three times. despite statements that he didn't have the mental and physical strength to go on, one parishioner said it was bad timing. >> i would have resigned after -- let's say after easter. this is the most highly, highly -- holy, holiday of the catholic church. >> reporter: the 85-year-old's last day of pope will be february 28th the last time a pope resigned was nearly 600 years ago, in 1415, when pope gregory stepped down in order to an end a civil war within the church. pope benedict xvi was born in 1927 as joseph ratzinger in germany he was forced into hitler's youth at age 14. he served in the army but deserted and was captured by the americans. we are hoping to speak from officials from the archdiocese this morning. we'll let you know what they have to say. live from san francisco, i'm tara moriarty, ktvu channel 2 news. >> thank you. >>> in overnight news, a crash in concord leaves one man with life-
that there could be an american pope. is that a long shot? >> no, it's not. the field is wide open. pope benedict xvi said when he resigned there are pressing questions, urgent questions and the united states is taking it up. i believe that's pretty possible. >> when you talk about americans, certainly cardinal o'malley of boston because he is seen as someone who has cleaned house from the sex abuse scandal, do you think the new pope must be a reformer must have a record of reform when it comes to the sex abuse scandal? >> the sex abuse scandal was a terrible scourge on the church and on the world and certainly we need a leader who will continue to uncover the sexual scandals, deal with them effectively, and remove those who have caused these scandals. certainly someone like cardinal o'malley who has dealt with the crisis in boston head on is needed to take the church forward for the good of the church and the good of the world. >> hue much political trading takes place with this in the way they reach a decision until you have to bring factions together and trade bac
reports, there is already all kinds of debate. on the impact of pope benedict's surprising decision. >> people across the northeast are trying to get back to normal. after a massive blizzard bombarded the area friday. >> after having repeatedly examined my work with god i want to provide the best i can buy per retiring. >> after the church was facing declining popularity and scandals of sexual abuse. they have been under prosecution because of these items. >> we hope that he would use these last two weeks of his courage to really make some decisive action that would protect them. >> his predecessor will be decided after he steps down on the jury 28. >> the church, can trace the continuity all the way back to st. peter. we will see that this is a very articulate voice in that community. the retired pope will not be involved but he was briefed on that the decision making. he will likely retire with a reflective life on prayer and meditation in a monastery. emily schmidt, kron 4. >> pam: clean- up efforts are now underway. as residents dig out. and clean up neighborhoods which got buri
catholic will give up being pope. >>> today is ash wednesday, the first day of lent and pope benedict is speaking for the first time since he announced he'll be retiring. >> the conclave good morning. the audience is usually full. today it was packed. it was the first chance the public had a chance to hear from the pope since he announced his resignation. he asked them to pray for him, for the church and for his successor, and then he explained why he did what he did. he said, quote, i did this in full freedom for the good of the church and having prayed for a long time and having examined my conscience before god. the welcome he got, the applause he got was raptures. i spoke with a priest who said it was a joyful mouse along with sadness. the words he used were basically the ones he used in his resignation speech. he will once he's gone from being pope which is february 28th move to a convent in the back, which was renovated which shows he had this in mind forn a helilicoptpter leave vatican cicity a and g go to thanks. >>> a cruise has turned into a week of misery
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